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Bulldog determination leads Kelly's Pub to St. John's Day senior softball title

Blair Ezekiel, Sean Cleary lead perfect effort in tournament


Published on June 18, 2017

Ward Gosse of the NTV Hitmen swings through a pitch from Sean Cleary (not shown) to Kelly's Pub Bulldogs catcher Blair Ezekiel (8) during their semifinal game in the St. John’s Day senior softball tournament at Lions' Park Sunday afternoon.

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Blair Ezekiel threw a one-hitter and hit one of his club’s two home runs as the Kelly’s Pub Molson Bulldogs blanked 3Cheers Pub Dodgers 2-0 in the championship game of the St. John’s Day senior men’s softball tournament Sunday.

At Lions Park, Ezekiel walked five and struck out seven, and hit a first-inning home run. It would be all the offence Ezekiel would need. Gary Bruce padded Kelly’s lead with a fifth-inning solo blast.

The runs came off losing pitcher Jason Hill (7IP, 2R, 2H, 5BB, 9K). Tyler McDonald had the only hit off Ezekiel.

Sean Cleary of Kelly’s was the tournament MVP. Cleary was 3-0 on the mound, with a 0.67 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 21 innings.

Brad Ezekiel of the NTV Hitmen was the top batter, going five-for-seven for a .714 batting average.

Kelly’s Pub went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament.

Members of the winning team are Shane Boland, Gary Bruce, Sean Cleary, Daniel Dalton, Stephen Dobbin, Blair Ezekiel, Jon Kelly, D.J. Lake, Mark Lewis, Liam Myers, Scott Myers, Stephen Strapp, Andrew Wade, Joel Whelan and coach Jim Dunphy.

 

Semifinals

Kelly’s Pub 6, NTV 2

WP: Sean Cleary (7IP, 2R, 6H, 2BB, 12K)

LP: Robbie Greene (starter, 2.2IP, 4R, 5H, 4BB, 0K), Ward Gosse (relief, 3.1IP, 2R, 3H, 2BB, 2K)

TB: Kelly’s — Blair Ezekiel (2-2, solo home run), Shane Boland (2-4), Sean Cleary (home run); NTV — Brad Ezekiel (2-3, solo home run)

 

3Cheers Pub 5, Canada Games 4 (eight innings)

* Dodgers trailed 4-3 heading into bottom of the 8th; Eddie Hefferan singled in Doug Marshall for game-winning run

WP: Jason Hill 8IP, 4R, 5H, 2BB, 7K

LP: Nick Pittman 7.1IP, 5R, 9H, 6BB, 4K

TB: Dodgers — Eddie Hefferan (2-2), Jason Hill (2-2), Doug Marshall (2-5); Canada Games — Gerald Wall (2-3, Mitch Stack (2-3)